La Gavroche

For my birthday this year my friend Marc very kindly took me for lunch at La Gavroche in Mayfair. I’d been wanting to go to this legendary London restaurant for many many years. I met Marc at the bar where he’d already ordered a very nice bottle of champagne for us both. They actually do a very reasonably priced lunch offer of £49.50 which includes three courses, half a bottle of wine and coffee and petit fours. However as it was my birthday we were splashing out and having the Menu Exceptionnel.

There were nine courses in total so I won’t describe them all (though I have attached the full menu below) but highlights were definitely the stunning, feather light Soufflé Suisse (apparently the late Princess Diana’s favourite dish) and also the black pudding and crumbed egg dish, which was a cleverly executed, perfectly balanced riff on a full English breakfast. A really nice touch is that at the end of the meal Michel Roux Jr comes out afterwards and stops by every table to say hello. What with many ‘celebrity’ chefs now rarely actually cooking in their own restaurants it’s nice to see that he was actually in the kitchen and it was lovely to meet him. A stunning meal all in all, I can’t wait to go back.


Skin Laundry

Skin Laundry launched in the UK exclusively at Liberty department store last year. Founded in California five years earlier by facialist Yen Reis, their signature Laser and Light facial is a express 15 minute treatment that combines a light Nd:YAG laser followed by a gentle dose of intense pulsed light. They offer a free trial treatment to everyone and so after reading some positive reviews I decided to head in and give it a go.

Located in a bijou space hidden away at the back of the second floor of the department store, the concession has a bright, laid back Californian vibe in keeping with the brand ethos. After cleansing my skin of all products on it, I was lead into a treatment room and lay down ready for the treatment. You have to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser/ IPL and after explaining a little about the treatment, it started.

Often the sensation of IPL and laser treatment is described as like having a rubber band flicked on the skin and this was similar, but definitely gentler. Overall very tolerable pain wise. They was also a faint whiff of burning which they claim is the laser vaporising the dirt and debris in your pores. However I think it was more likely the laser burning the minute peach fuzz hairs on my face.

Because the laser and IPL used were so low strength I wasn’t really expecting to see much of a difference, however afterwards my skin definitely looked a bit clearer and brighter, nothing dramatic but definitely an improvement. They claim with continued regular treatments the cumulative effects would yield a bigger improvement. That of course is the main concept that like laundry you do it regularly. There is no downtime and you book a course of treatments and come every few weeks for a session.